The Denver Broncos are in the market for a quarterback this offseason. The team made the decision to move on from Russell Wilson near the end of the 2023 campaign, benching him to ensure that no more of his bonuses kicked in that were guaranteed for injury only.
It is just a matter of when, not if, Wilson is released and free to join another team in the NFL. While Wilson didn’t come close to living up to expectations after being acquired from the Seattle Seahawks in a blockbuster trade in 2022, he leaves a sizable hole in the lineup in Denver.
The Broncos’ 2024 starter likely isn’t on their roster yet. The team announced they signed Ben DiNucci already this offseason and Jarrett Stidham is still under contract. Stidham is confident that he can win the starting quarterback job, but competition will assuredly be brought in.
There have been some mock drafts that have the Broncos selecting a quarterback in the first round, with Bo Nix being a possible target. In another mock draft that was done, Sean Payton fills his need for a starter with a bold trade.
Over at Pro Football Network, Ian Cummings put together a wild blockbuster trade between the Broncos, Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears. It is a quarterback carousel move, as each team will have a new starter under center in 2024 with this transaction.
In the proposed deal, Denver would acquire Tua Tagovailoa from the Dolphins and the No. 137 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Miami would receiver Justin Fields, the No. 81 overall pick and a 2025 second-round pick from the Broncos. Chicago would receive the No. 182 overall pick, a 2025 third-rounder from the Dolphins and 2025 sixth-rounder from the Broncos.
That would certainly be a blockbuster trade with a lot of moving parts. Tagovailoa certainly seems like a quarterback that would fit into the system Payton is looking to install in Denver. Fields in a Mike McDaniel run offense would take some adjusting as he and Tagovailoa have strengths on opposite sides of the spectrum.
As a result of this deal, it is clear the Bears would be using the No. 1 pick in the draft on their new franchise quarterback. It would be a frest start for three franchises in 2024, with the Broncos in need of a change the most.